Nonfiction on Secrets of Travel, Best Places to Travel in 2016, Humanity in Science | Xpress Reviews

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A miss rather than a hit from a travel tipster, the latest from the Lonely Planet team would be a good reference for a public library with a versatile travel section, a disappointing take on the personalities behind science

Nonfiction on Martin Heidegger and “Being and Time” | Xpress Reviews

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This collection of essays gives the reader a greater understanding not only of Being and Time but also of Heidegger’s entire philosophy

Nonfiction on Human Anatomy, Autism, Inventions, and Ernst Haeckel | Xpress Reviews

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Fictional and real portrayals of autism, the history of medicine and medical philosophy, explaining hundreds of inventions and scientific principles for the layperson, Ernst Haeckel’s images

Nonfiction on Finding Rare Books, the Republican Party, the Science Behind Luck | Xpress Reviews

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Novice and veteran bibliophiles alike will find Barry’s title captivating; Coppins’s work is for political enthusiasts at all points on the political spectrum; The Perfect Bet will convince readers that trying their luck against professionals is a sure road to insolvency

Nonfiction; Cookies & Beer, European Architecture, Mont Blanc, The Twilight Zone, NYC | Xpress Reviews

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A solid jumping-off point for 16th-century European history, pairing cookies and beer, architecture of Communist countries, a tour of Mont Blanc, all about The Twilight Zone, a trio of tomes for lovers of the Big Apple

Nonfiction: Surrealism, Plants, Poe, Skepticism, “Patternalia,” Wine Country Travel | Xpress Reviews

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Connecting with animals, surrealism, planting with style, Edgar Allan Poe, confronting junk science, graphical trivia, sewing pants, and three titles on traveling through wine country

Nonfiction: Wrongfully Convicted, “Rubber Soul,” Robert Durst, Roker & Roberts, “Mad Men” | Xpress Reviews

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Wrongfully convicted, the Beatles and Rubber Soul, killer Robert Durst, Al Roker and wife Deborah Roberts on work and family, Savage on President Obama’s legacy, the Mad Men companion, understanding St. Paul

Best Media 2015: Audiobooks

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lj ljThis year’s best audiobooks, chosen by LJ’s reviewers, demonstrate the format’s remarkable range. Genres on display among the fiction titles include literary fiction, mysteries, and Westerns. The nonfiction list addresses little-known religions, the sinking of the Lusitania, and memoirs about race, caring for an aged parent, and living with mental illness, among other topics. […]

Q&A: Randy L. Morkved

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Balcony 7 offers an intriguing mix of titles. Recently, the company’s publisher, Randy L. Morkved, answered some questions via email about how the business got started and what they have to offer.

LJ Media Reviews: December 1, 2015

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Audio fiction from Gottlieb, Higgins, Penny, Stradal; nonfiction on song production, medicine, grammar and God. Starred films, from Indian Summers to Glen Campbell to the final season of Downton Abbey